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An Introduction to Mentoring View details

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to work as a mentor in any environment. Participants will discuss the role of a mentor and the importance of setting ground rules with mentees. Students will learn and practice a number of key mentoring skills including assertiveness, active listening, questioning and giving feedback. The class is conducted in a safe and friendly environment where students may feel relaxed to work in groups to practice these skills. Students will examine case studies and discuss the challenges and solutions of a mentoring relationship.

An introduction to volunteering with vulnerable adults View details

Ever wanted to become a volunteer working with vulnerable adults or to improve your skills as a volunteer? This is the course for you! This course will identify the key skills and responsibilities of a volunteer, recognise who may be vulnerable and explore confidentiality and safeguarding

Anger and Irritability - Everyday Strategies View details

This course is for people who recognise that anger and irritability are adversely affecting their daily lives. It will explore the triggers, how they affect you and coping tools to reduce the impact anger has on your life and relationships. This course aims to build your confidence and self-esteem and to remove the stress caused by anger.

Animals and Birds in Mosaics View details

In this short course you will be looking at the subject of birds and animals and consider how to translate them into mosaic. As a group we will look at how other contemporary mosaic artists have successful at this. We will look at realistic imagery and see how to recreate the effect of feathers or fur for example, or how to re create a quirky or fantastical creatures of your design. The choices are endless.

Archaeology - Castles and Monasteries View details

When we think about medieval life we usually imagine Castles and Monasteries. So how do archaeologists think about these iconic buildings? This is an opportunity to join an enthusiastic and welcoming learning group who are keen to learn more. We will look at the way that the great buildings we see today grew from much more humble beginnings. We will look at the way that space is used making some parts of the buildings accessible and other parts very restricted. We will look at the ways that Castles grew as the Lords of the land learned from their experiences on campaigns abroad and at home, where Castles really about defence or domination? We will look at the way that monasteries changed from small inward-looking places for contemplation to open airy places for worshipping God and writing documents. Both Castles and Monasteries were also centres for businesses, homes to lords of many manors. Lastly, this is a chance to get together and enjoy your learning experience.

Archaeology: "Travelling through the Past" View details

This course will look at the physical remains of transport in North West England from Roman roads to 20th century airports. It will use some if the latest archaeological research in the region on the subject from late medieval railways in Cumbria mines to the qorld's first cinduatrial.canal and intercity railway. Topics covered will include: Roman roads and harbours; medieval ports and harbours; packhorse routes and saltways; turnpikes; river navigations; canals & ports; railways, tramways; and airports

Around the Mediterranean View details

This 5-week course explores films made by and set in countries around the Mediterranean, giving an insight into national cinemas from the region and at the same time exploring the ongoing attraction of/fascination with the region by others, reflected in films about visitors, travellers and explorers.

Art and Architecture of Bristol View details

Bristol was once one of the great ports of Europe and the wealth that was accumulated was often spent on fine buildings. The city is rich in medieval architecture including two of the best late gothic churches – St Augustine’s and St Mary Redcliffe. There are also some fine examples of buildings associated with the port, from merchants’ houses to the villas built in Clifton in the eighteenth century. Bristol School painters recorded not just the dramatic landscape such as the Avon Gorge but also the social life of the town in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They are well represented in the City Museum and Art Gallery as part of a notable collection. By the nineteenth century the port was in decline but new building types arose and Bristol continued its role as a cultural and educational centre. We will examine these different aspects through the art and architecture still to be found in the city.

Art and Craft taster View details

Learn how to plan and develop different methods of expression to media. Develop practical skills and create own unique orugami skills

Art for Wellbeing View details

Art is a continuous, never-ending process of learning and discovery. Whatever art media you choose to work with, this course endeavours to help students to acquire certain basic skills and practices. On this course students will find an introduction to materials, equipment and techniques for drawing and painting. Working in different art media, students may learn about drawing materials, paper and canvases, brushes and painting knives and of course, how to paint. There will be simple exercises in painting techniques, which will lead students towards creating full compositions. Students will be encouraged and supported to develop their choices and to research and source their own subject matter, perhaps choosing to paint in a narrative style, reflecting personal experiences. Students can work from work sheets, printed images and photos. Students will be encouraged to study examples of paintings by both historical and current artists; to both inform and inspire.